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#12539503 Jul 13, 2016 at 06:51 AM
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#12538590 DamodarThade wrote:

#12537263 Masiv wrote:

#12530246 Masiv wrote:

I just checked the sale with my xbox app. The Witcher 3 is on sale to XBL members for $25 dollars. wow. I think I may buy it this time.

I bought it, but I haven't played it yet. It should be a good one.


It's a great game and you have all the patches too for your first playthrough, in many ways it is quite a different game than it was at launch since CDPR have been very busy changing things such as the UI/inventory/mutagens/animations etc to make the game better.


Say goodbye to your life Masiv. Don't forget all the free DLC!
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#12539748 Jul 13, 2016 at 09:05 AM
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#12539503 Falconer wrote:

Say goodbye to your life Masiv. Don't forget all the free DLC!

See, that's why I tend to be the last one to finish a game. I try not to be obsessed with it and my wife and dogs appreciate our couch and TV time. If I were single, I probably would play a lot more.

"Play is the highest form of research, a chance to discover who we are, or maybe who we want to become." - Albert Einstein
Those who play games know why they do. To discover worlds, to challenge our fingers, and our minds. To connect with friends, or maybe just to escape.
Games are about possibilities, the paths we take as well as the ones we don't.
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#12540479 Jul 13, 2016 at 01:58 PM
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#12539748 Masiv wrote:

#12539503 Falconer wrote:

Say goodbye to your life Masiv. Don't forget all the free DLC!

See, that's why I tend to be the last one to finish a game. I try not to be obsessed with it and my wife and dogs appreciate our couch and TV time. If I were single, I probably would play a lot more.

As a single person let me say that I'm envious lol.
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#12629089 Aug 16, 2016 at 02:18 PM
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The Witcher 3’ Game of the Year Edition set for August 30 launch

The comprehensive package will launch stateside as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition, and Amazon is now taking pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.



In addition to bundling the full version of The Witcher 3 with all patches and updates released in the months after its initial launch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition includes all add-on content previously available as part of its digital Expansion Pass. Players who purchase the upcoming Complete Edition will get access to The Witcher 3‘s “Hearts of Stone” and “Blood and Wine” expansions free of charge, with each boasting a unique set of additional storyline quests.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition also includes 16 digital content packs that were previously issued as free downloadable content on a weekly basis. The Witcher 3‘s free add-ons range from minor aesthetic tweaks like alternate character outfits to significant gameplay-expanding additions including new quests, weapons, and bounties.


"Play is the highest form of research, a chance to discover who we are, or maybe who we want to become." - Albert Einstein
Those who play games know why they do. To discover worlds, to challenge our fingers, and our minds. To connect with friends, or maybe just to escape.
Games are about possibilities, the paths we take as well as the ones we don't.
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#12630557 Aug 17, 2016 at 12:31 AM
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If you don't own the Witcher 3 game yet that one is the one to get. Look at that 300 awards!
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#12630820 Aug 17, 2016 at 04:03 AM
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#12630951 Aug 17, 2016 at 05:25 AM
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#12822561 Nov 01, 2016 at 01:05 PM
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Just finished the two expansions, Hearts of Stone was good and quite funny at times. I loved Blood and Wine though and how it really expanded upon the vampires with it's story. The expansions also displays how they could continue with more games in The Witcher universe even though Geralt's story is finished, can you imagine playing as a higher vampire,knight errant, mage or a sorceress.

Expansion pass was well worth the price, I have paid more for full games and been far less satisfied.


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#12822776 Nov 01, 2016 at 02:09 PM
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#12822561 DamodarThade wrote:

Just finished the two expansions, Hearts of Stone was good and quite funny at times. I loved Blood and Wine though and how it really expanded upon the vampires with it's story....

Expansion pass was well worth the price, I have paid more for full games and been far less satisfied.

That's good to know. Thanks. I have a lot more to do in the game.

"Play is the highest form of research, a chance to discover who we are, or maybe who we want to become." - Albert Einstein
Those who play games know why they do. To discover worlds, to challenge our fingers, and our minds. To connect with friends, or maybe just to escape.
Games are about possibilities, the paths we take as well as the ones we don't.
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#12914549 Dec 12, 2016 at 09:48 AM · Edited 7 months ago
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So for those of you who don't know me (which is, by my count, is all but two of you) I am not only a completionist but also an immersionist. Allow me to explain: my favorite way to 'play' games is to experience them by immersing as completely as I can. Sometimes this is great! I wrote a long-running blog series on Gamespot about the adventures of Thorgrym, my Nord in Skyrim, told in the first person. I can find meaning in the most subtle of things in games and used that to expand my experience far beyond what the base game merely offered. This made my experience FAR richer than some other people's, including one person I know who picked up the game based on my tales and wound up so incredibly disappointed that he still bitches about it to this day.

Other times this can be a problem. Uncharted 3 was my lowest rated in the series because of a persistent audio problem that would intermittently drop the soundtrack. This bug remained over 4 different copies of the game! (I recently got the Collection so I'm hoping I can finally experience UC3 the way it was meant to be.) This tendency of mine is what completely ruined The Witcher 3 for me when I bought it for PS4 on launch... I needed to know what happened before I could properly immerse in the Witcher universe, despite all assurances that the game stood well on its own.



So, naturally, the first thing I did was I started buying books. The Last Wish was pretty hard to get in to at first. Sapkowski, a Polish writer, has a weird way of writing where there is such a focus on dialogue that sometimes that's how he describes action; with a character's spoken reaction alone, leaving it up to the reader to interpret what just happened. As a writer myself I found this style immensely hard to get over. (I tend towards heavy dialogue interspersed with graphic descriptions, almost like a screenplay. My goal is for the reader to be able to 'see' the action in their head.) Over time I really came to appreciate the books, but the real problem? The final book, The Lady of the Lake, doesn't come out in English til next year!

Then I bought a new computer. My graphics card came with a free copy of the Witcher 3 and Batman Arkham Knight, so it was a short leap for me to just buy The Witcher and Assassin of Kings and then sell my copy of W3 on the PS4. The next hurdle I ran in to was The Witcher itself; the first game was closer to Baldurs Gate than it was to an action game! After a brief jaunt with it I realized it was so archaic and hard to play that I just couldn't immerse at all.



Eventually I downloaded a 'trainer.' That's modern code for a cheat program that left Geralt invulnerable to almost all damage except magic. Although this grated on my sense of pride I went all in for it with the goal of Witcher 3 in mind. Surprisingly I found that The Witcher was a great narrative. I ended up immersing fully into the game and I absolutely loved it so much that I was kind of sad when it ended.



I was impressed and relieved, however, to move on to Witcher 2. Armed with the W1 save I moved into it wholeheartedly, but still with a goal in mind. I played through W2 on Easy, a decision I regret now that I realize that a single path in W2 is actually pretty short. I did pretty much everything in that game along Roach's path and I don't regret or second guess my decisions at all. W2 ended up having one of the better stories that I've played in gaming overall and that final decision, do I let the Kingslayer go or kill him... that was a tough decision. I understood his motives completely, I respected his skill, and I appreciated his help in Geralt's past... but I couldn't let him go. He'd killed Foltest, a man under my protection. He'd allied with Iorveth, whom I despised as a terrorist. I fought the Kingslayer in the end but, had he survived after our duel, I would have let him go. I felt compelled, honor-bound, to fight him. I also feel it's what Geralt would do after having read the books.



Now I have finally returned to the Witcher 3, on PC this time, complete with fluffy wolves, an imported save, and full knowledge of who and what went down with the fall of Temeria and Nilfgaard's invasion and how it ALL ties together. I also get the added bonus of nifty mods to tweak my experience! Add to that GOG's decision to give me the upgrade to the GOTY edition for free and the fact that my previous save does import on PC and all of that waiting is worthwhile.

So I'm a year late, enjoying a game that everyone has either already beaten or wandered away from, but I think it's worth it. I'm playing W3 on Blood and Broken Bones and I am loving it. I am even considering a New Game Plus on Deathmarch.
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#12914846 Dec 12, 2016 at 12:05 PM · Edited 10 months ago
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Awesome read! I kind of envy you actually, you're starting an amazing journey with W3. I can't wait to read what you think of it in a few months when you beat it.

By the way you know three people here Tonberry visits us from time to time as well.
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#12914909 Dec 12, 2016 at 12:29 PM · Edited 7 months ago
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I've already had some pretty awesome experiences. I maintain that Family Matters is one of the best stories written in gaming ever. Period. I also love the Ladies of the Wood storyline, ye gods they are creepy! I am curious how some other people approach certain quests.

For example the Witcher Wannabe story; did anyone vouch for him and help him escape? I didn't for two reasons; one he knocked up the Eaolderman's daughter while posing as a Witcher and two he was willfully posing as a Witcher! I felt offended by that, especially after all the crap people are always giving Geralt. I revealed him as a fake immediately and turned him over to the Eaolderman. It was such a quick quest I wonder if it would have had some benefit otherwise. I was kind of hoping to see him swinging from a tree before I left Lindenvale!

Oh yeah, Tonberry. I haven't seen him post on here yet.
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#12915416 Dec 12, 2016 at 03:52 PM
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Great article. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

"Play is the highest form of research, a chance to discover who we are, or maybe who we want to become." - Albert Einstein
Those who play games know why they do. To discover worlds, to challenge our fingers, and our minds. To connect with friends, or maybe just to escape.
Games are about possibilities, the paths we take as well as the ones we don't.
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#12916732 Dec 13, 2016 at 05:16 AM
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#12914909 Uesugi-dono wrote:

I've already had some pretty awesome experiences. I maintain that Family Matters is one of the best stories written in gaming ever. Period. I also love the Ladies of the Wood storyline, ye gods they are creepy! I am curious how some other people approach certain quests.

For example the Witcher Wannabe story; did anyone vouch for him and help him escape? I didn't for two reasons; one he knocked up the Eaolderman's daughter while posing as a Witcher and two he was willfully posing as a Witcher! I felt offended by that, especially after all the crap people are always giving Geralt. I revealed him as a fake immediately and turned him over to the Eaolderman. It was such a quick quest I wonder if it would have had some benefit otherwise. I was kind of hoping to see him swinging from a tree before I left Lindenvale!

Oh yeah, Tonberry. I haven't seen him post on here yet.



I revealed him as a fake as well.

Tonberry posting is rare but it does happen from time to time.
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#13442108 Sep 16, 2017 at 05:34 AM
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